The Municipality of Miraflores Inaugurates Two New Laykold Surfaces

In an effort to promote health and sports to the region, the Municipality of Miraflores in Lima Peru sought ways to rejuvenate two unused concrete sport slabs at Redondo Beach, in the beautiful Costa Verde area. The first sport slab being an official professional measurement, and the second slab being amateur measurement.

Team Laykold partner Menbel Sports, native to Peru, was quick to lend a hand in the effort, offering their installation services at no cost. APT – Advanced Polymer Technology, the manufacturer of Laykold acrylic court surfaces, also jumped in to assist on the project by donating all materials.

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In fact, Laykold is no stranger to the area. More than 15 years ago, one of the courts at Canchas Municipales de tenis was surfaced with Laykold. Of all the courts in the park, the Laykold court is still performing as though it were a brand new surface, even after almost 20 years!

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Now that the installation is complete, these colorful new Laykold sports courts can be seen from the popular Larcomar shopping mall, located on the hillside just above.

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The Municipality of MiraFlores is thrilled with their new Laykold sport surfaces. During the inauguration at Redondo Beach, Mayor Jorge Munoz was quoted as saying, “The municipality is implementing different spaces through programs that promote physical activity, as well as a healthy lifestyle that contribute to the development of comprehensive health of people.”

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Laykold is happy to have assisted the town of Miraflores in the first of many sports projects to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle for the people in the local community! Congratulations on your new Laykold sport surfaces!

 

Laykold – Surface of Choice for Nike Stanton Street Courts by KAWS

The Project:

APT’s Laykold Masters was chosen as the surface for Nike’s latest campaign New York Made.  Working in partnership with the New York City Parks and Rec Department, Nike kicked off this campaign with two new courts on Stanton Street, inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

But these aren’t just any courts…. These courts were designed by Brian Donnelly, professionally known as KAWS, a New York-based artist of limited edition toys and clothing. Some of his achievements over the years include the design of MTV’s Moon Man statue for the MTV Video Music Awards, various magazine covers, as well as cover art and merchandise designs for high profile recording artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

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Making It Happen:

Laykold has a strong reputation in the sports court market, including being the surface of the Miami Open since 1984. Teamed with APT’s expert technical and customer service staff, the decision was simple, and the Laykold Masters Gel system was chosen as the preferred surface.

Time was definitely of the essence for this project. APT’s Product Manager, Wesley Baum, worked directly with the artist and matched twenty seven custom colors in only a few days!

APT’s production facility ran two crews on ten hour shifts, in order produce and ship the custom colors as they were approved. This kept the installation team, long time Laykold partner Ace Surfaces of Altamonte Springs FL, working continuously. The turn around time for the base material components and twenty seven custom matched top coat colors was only 11 days! But the action certainly didn’t stop there…

Making Art Come To Life:

As APT’s staff was working to match and produce the material, Ace Surfaces was hard at work with surface preparations on site as well as preparing the design. “Due to the complexity of the artwork, the design had to be transferred from a drawing to CAD, and from CAD onto the court using Laser Mapping technology,” said Kyle Smallwood of Ace Surfaces.

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After the surface preparations and base layers were installed, came the detail work. Ace Surface’s crew used just under five miles of tape to mask out the design on the court!

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Smallwood said, “We had over one thousand man hours, from Ace Surface’s crew alone, in the painting and surface install of the court.” The entire installation, from milling up the asphalt to project completion was only eighteen days!

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Another top-notch project that will go down in APT and Laykold history!

Nobody covers the court like Laykold!

Jessica McManus

Photo credits: Nike and Ace Surfaces

APT / SportGroup Acquires ProGrass from Rockwell

SportGroup Holding Consolidates Position in Artificial Turf Market with Pittsburgh’s ProGrass

Pittsburgh, PA, October 18, 2016 – SportGroup Holding, today announced that it has acquired Pittsburgh-based ProGrass, one of the nation’s leading brands of artificial turf. By adding ProGrass to its existing portfolio of companies and brands (which includes APT, Astroturf, Melos, Polytan, Poligras and Rekortan), SportGroup expands its North America presence and further consolidates its position as a global leader in the sport surfacing market. The acquisition will strengthen SportGroup’s proven combination of its worldwide existing contractor network and directly targeted activities to new levels for the better of the industry.prograss-acquisition

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is the world leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks, with over 1,000 employees and $375 million annual revenue (2015). The company operates in more than 70 countries, maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks including the Olympic games and international venues.

The purchase of ProGrass, a major supplier to both amateur and professional teams, solidifies SportGroup’s direct access to the North American athletic market. As consultants and sponsors to Soccer, Football and Baseball, “The addition of the ProGrass team will bring us closer to the sport and enable us to better service the needs of our customers,” say Heard Smith and Andreas M. Schulze Ising, Managing Directors of SportGroup Americas, “by bringing the industry into a new era with our German engineered, American made, modern, environmentally friendly, tailor made sport surfacing products.”

“The synergy created by the ProGrass team joining the SportGroup family will now enable the North American Organization to provide a “One-Stop Shop” for athletic fields,” said Robert Thomas, President of ProGrass, “further enabling us to serve more venues as well as enhancing SportGroup’s design-build capabilities and go-to market strategy for North America. This is truly a ‘win-win-win’ strategy for SportGroup, ProGrass and the entire North American sports community.”

The acquisition by the SportGroup forges a team of sports surfacing companies that are focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies. Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

  • More FIFA, FIH, and World Rugby-certified systems and pitches than ever before
  • Highly evolved American Football turf system selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • Legendary running track brands from APT, including Rekortan
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos

ProGrass will expand on bringing SportGroups products to their clients, which are manufactured in the United States in fully vertically integrated, advanced manufacturing facilities. In addition, all employees will remain with the organization, providing stability for its clients.  SportGroup will honor existing and future warranties on ProGrass installations in North America.

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For over a decade, ProGrass, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer famous for its nationally known “Rocky” Mascot, has provided America’s finest synthetic turf solutions for every level of performance demands through innovative product development, design-build services, project management, construction, installation and proactive maintenance. The company has built its success on the principles of Excellence, exceeding industry standards, Professionalism, committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and Teamwork, valuing all of our employee’s talents, skills and abilities. To learn more, visit www.prograssturf.com.

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SportGroup is a global market leader of outdoor sport and recreational surface systems. SportGroup installs artificial turf fields and tracks and manufactures all system critical components in-house. SportGroup has three main product groups (artificial turf, tracks and playground) used in a variety of applications. The business benefits from its unique system competence, leading technology and a strong market position, especially in Germany. For more information, visit www.sportgroup-holding.com.

AstroTurf Sale to SportGroup Finalized

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Dalton, GA, August 19, 2016 – The sale of AstroTurf® to SportGroup® Holdings has closed, creating arguably the largest outdoor sports surfacing company in the world.  The sale was approved on Friday, August 12, 2016 and closed Friday, August 19, 2016.  AstroTurf products and services will be marketed by the newly formed company AstroTurf Corporation.  By adding AstroTurf, SYNlawn®, and the related manufacturing operations to its portfolio of companies and brands (which includes Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, Rekortan®, Laykold® and Poligras®), SportGroup is well positioned to continue its global leadership of the sports surfacing industry.

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is a global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks.  Prior to the acquisition of AstroTurf and related turf entities, SportGroup reported a >€340 million annual turnover (2015) and around 1,000 employees. The company maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and operates in more than 70 countries. It has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks. It is a supplier of synthetic turf fields to the Olympic Games, including Rio (2016).

This acquisition enhances SportGroup and AstroTurf’s strength, size, stability, and manufacturing capacity, positioning the team for rapid growth.  The purchase provides SportGroup direct access to North American athletic turf customers through AstroTurf, a proven American brand with a 50 year history. AstroTurf will play a leading role in SportGroup’s go to market strategy for North America and beyond.

SportGroup will retain all AstroTurf’s technologies, processes, products, intellectual property, and personnel. Adding AstroTurf to the portfolio of SportGroup brands and companies brings greater stability to sports facilities and the industry as a whole.

“We are welcoming AstroTurf to our team,” stated Andreas M. Schulze Ising, CEO & President of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp., “to create the only all encompassing sport systems company in the world to finally service each and every sport with the complete range of surface solutions.”

“Becoming a SportGroup company elevates the AstroTurf brand and enables us to bring even more innovations to market,” said, Heard Smith, Chief Executive Officer of AstroTurf and the rest of the Turf Division.  “The union of these brands ushers in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.”

AstroTurf and other SportGroup companies together forge a team of sports surfacing experts that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies. The alliance fosters global cooperation in research and development initiatives and offers more benefits to clients, including:

  • More FIFA, FIH, and World Rugby-certified systems and pitches than ever before
  • Highly evolved American Football turf systems selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • More RootZone® products and installations than any other provider on the market
  • Legendary running track brands from APT, including Rekortan®
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos
  • Leading tennis court surface systems from APT, including Laykold®
  • Most advanced “green” technologies from APT, including TuftGuard® and Qualipur® adhesives

Frank Dittrich, Chief Executive Officer of SportGroup, noted, “AstroTurf is perhaps the most iconic brand in sports.  It adds tremendous value to SportGroup and its future as the global leader in outdoor sports surfacing.”

AstroTurf® fields will continue to be manufactured in the United States in the company’s own vertically integrated, advanced manufacturing facilities, which now benefit from expanded capacity since the acquisition.  In addition, all employees will remain with the organization, providing stability for clients and distributors.

About SportGroup®

SportGroup® is a worldwide market leader of outdoor sport and recreational surface systems. SportGroup® installs artificial turf fields and tracks and manufactures all system critical components in-house. SportGroup® has three main product groups (artificial turf, engineered surfaces including running track systems and playground as well as industrial products including adhesives and coatings through APT) used in a variety of applications. The business benefits from its unique system competence, leading technology and its unique global market position. For more information, visit www.sportgroup-holding.com and www.advpolytech.com.

About AstroTurf®

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, www.astroturf.com.

Judge Approves Astro Turf Sale

Stech, Katy (2016, August 15) Judge Approves $16 Million Astro Turf Sale. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com/

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Judge Approves $16 Million AstroTurf Sale

Competitor APT Advanced Polymer Technology cleared to take over AstroTurf’s Georgia-based marketing operations

A bankruptcy judge has cleared a competitor of AstroTurf LLC to take over its Georgia-based marketing operations, which struggled after the company lost a $30 million patent dispute last year.

With his signature, Judge Paul Bonapfel approved the roughly $16.1 million sale agreement between AstroTurf and an affiliate of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp., a competitor based outside of Pittsburgh.

AstroTurf lawyers proposed to sell the Dalton, Ga., company, which markets and sells artificial turf products to university athletic departments and sports facilities, after putting its operations into chapter 11 protection on June 28.

The filing halted its legal battle with another competitor, FieldTurf USA Inc. FieldTurf officials accused AstroTurf of infringing on its patent for artificial turf products in a 2010 federal lawsuit. In October, a jury awarded $30 million in damages to FieldTurf.

“The patent litigation and adverse publicity regarding the verdict have caused substantial disruption to the business,” AstroTurf lawyers said in earlier documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rome, Ga. “FieldTurf and [AstroTurf] compete almost daily for customers and new business, and the [company] believes that FieldTurf is using the patent litigation to deter potential customers from entering into contracts…for the purchase and installation of synthetic turf surfaces.”

The court-approved sale is part of a broader, $92.5 million deal that enables APT Advanced Polymer Technology to take over three AstroTurf-related businesses that haven’t filed for bankruptcy protection. That includes its research and development division and Synthetic Turf Resources, which manufactures the athletic turf.

The four businesses are owned by Textile Management Associates Inc., which holds a majority stake.

In court papers, AstroTurf called itself a “leading innovator” in the industry for synthetic turf, which was invented in 1964. Founded in 2003, AstroTurf became popular through sponsorship agreements it made with athletic conferences and sports organizations, enabling the company to pay an annual fee in exchange for the exposure.

AstroTurf officials said it relies on a network of sales people and distributors who negotiate the exclusive rights to sell AstroTurf products in a geographic area. AstroTurf itself employed 54 people at the time of the filing.

*The full article is available at http://www.wsj.com/articles/judge-approves-16-million-astroturf-sale-1471286131

 

AstroTurf and SYNLawn Brands Join APT and SportGroup

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APT Advanced Polymer Technology’s business as a member of SportGroup® has some exciting news:

After a period of remarkable growth, the time has come for the next chapter in the history of the SportGroup®, and indeed of the sports surfacing industry.  In order to complete the line-up of products and systems, the AstroTurf® and SYNLawn® brands will join the SportGroup. We will be able to truly support American clients as a full service provider of sport and recreation turf.

I have been employed with the SportGroup® since 2009, having had the privilege of serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp. in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  Over the last several years, I have witnessed an unparalleled growth in the sport surfacing market, especially the athletic sport turf and landscape turf segments. It has been extremely gratifying to see the hard work of our and AstroTurf’s sales, installation and R&D teams pay off and to be able to finally join forces to become the quality leader in America.

This acquisition comes at the right time and will create one of the largest outdoor sports surfacing companies in the world. Not only that, it forges a team of dedicated sports surfacing brands that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies.  Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

  • More FIFA, FIH, and World Rugby-certified systems and pitches than ever beforeAll Brand Logo - AstroTurf APT
  • Highly evolved American Football turf systems selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • More RootZone® products and installations than any other provider on the market
  • Legendary running track brands from APT Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), including Rekortan®
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos®
  • Leading tennis court surface systems from APT, including Laykold®
  • Most advanced “green” technologies from APT, including TuftGuard® and Qualipur® adhesives

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is a global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks, with a >€340 million annual turnover (2015) and around 1,000 employees. The company maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and operates in more than 70 countries. It has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks. It is a supplier of both fields and tracks to the Olympic Games. Its leading core companies include Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, with brands like Rekortan®, Spurtan®, GridIron®, LigaTurf®, Supergrasse®, Poligras®, Dynapoint® and Laykold®.

The union of these global brands will usher in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.

We look forward to all this partnership has in store! As always, our sales reps across the country and our team in Harmony, Pennsylvania and the new team in Dalton, Georgia, are available to answer any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact your regional representative or Sydney Stahlbaum at 512-423-5164/ sstahlbaum@astroturf.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Andreas M. Schulze Ising

President/CEO

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Record Setting Penn Relays on Rekortan Track Surface

The 2016 Penn Relays held at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania on April 28 – 30 were the first run on the new Rekortan track. Speed was expected and the relays did not disappoint. Several records and bests were set on the new Rekortan track surface, in spite of difficult wind and weather conditions. Although the focus was on the “USA vs. The World” and “Championship of America” events on Saturday, a world record by Ida Keeling, age 100 stole the show.

Here’s a list of the highlights of accomplishments achieved by high school, college and Olympic-development athletes on the Rekortan “Powered by Speed” track at Franklin Field:

  •  Ida Keeling, competing in the Masters Mixed 100m Dash in the 80 and older category set a new world mark for a runner 100 or older with a time of 1:17.33. You can watch the video of her run here: bit.ly/idawr100
  • The Shenendehowa High School 4×800 meter relay team set a Penn Relays record by over 2 seconds.
  • The Kingston College (from East Kingston, Jamaica) 4×100 Championship of America team won while tying last year’s Penn Relays record for High School Boys, with a time of 39.63.
  • Obrien Wasome of Kingston College beat Sanya Owolabi’s 1978 Penn Relays record in Triple Jump with a 16.01-meter jump.
  • The US won 5 of 6 in the “US vs. The World” competions. Jamaica won the Men’s 4x100m relay, the U.S. team won the Women’s 4x100m relay and the Men’s and Women’s 4x200m and 4x400m relays.
  • The University of Pennsylvania, the “home team” which runs on Franklin Field where the Penn Relays are held, won the Men’s 4xMile relay, its first win at the event since 1974.
  • Penn State University scored big with over a dozen top-3 finishes across the track and field competitions. Highlights for the Nittany Lions included wins in the Men’s 4×800 and Distance Medley events.
  • The University of Tennessee women’s distance relay team won three races for the second consecutive year – the distance medley, 4x1500m and 4x800m.  

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as the fast track, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortans innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance. For more information, visit the Rekortan page on this site.

These are just some of the highlights from the Penn Relays run on the new Rekortan track surface. For more information on the Penn Relays visit thepennrelays.com.

Action from the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, April 28 – 30.

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First Rekortan G13 Installation in the USA – Shorter University

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ROME, Ga. – As the Shorter track program continues to evolve into becoming one of the top NCAA Division II teams, it has now become the first in the nation that will run on a new state-of-the-art surfaces.

Thanks to Advanced Polymer Technology, a German-engineered synthetic Running Track & Artificial Turf Manufacturing company, and Gary Wilson, Director of Sales Americas/Turf & Track Divisions for APT Sports, Shorter and Rome has been chosen to receive the first installation in the United State of the Rekortan G 13 Gel track surface at a new 40-meter warm-up area beside the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium and a javelin runway pad at the Riverside Throws Center.

“It’s the most advanced track system in the world and we are so thankful to APT and Gary Wilson for picking Shorter and Rome to be the first in the country to have it,” Shorter Director of Track Scott Byrd said.

“As the technology continues to improve,” the coach said, “you want something to perform on as best as you can, to train on and to remain healthy. This system does just that.”

“I wanted to introduce Rekortan G 13 to the United States by its first installation for the Shorter University’s nationally-renowned track and field program,” said Wilson, who pointed out that the system was developed for high-end track stadiums primarily in Europe. “Coach Byrd is an innovator of specialized training and we thought Baron Stadium would be the best location for our introduction.”

The new surface will see its first action in two weeks when Shorter hosts the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships on May 13-14.

“We are greatly indebted to APT, Rekortan and Gary Wilson for their contribution to Shorter University and the city of Rome,” Shorter Director of Athletics Kim Graham said. “The installation of the warm up lanes at Barron Stadium and the runway at the Throws Center will enhance both venues.

Chemically designed with a unique Gel layer made from environmentally friendly, renewable materials and Polyurethane to provide the best shock absorption and energy return stability in the industry, Rekortan G 13 – it is IAAF certified – is a tight dense matrix of natural EPDM rubber designed for the Olympic caliber sprinter and increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

APT has developed high performance surfacing systems for every sport from professional to Olympic-level fields in hockey, soccer, football, tennis and running and track and field.

Rekortan has been the official surface of the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia since 1988 and following the 2015 event at Franklin Field a decision was made by the University of Pennsylvania to perform a complete track renovation and a new Rekortan surface will be in place for this year’s Relays on April 28-30.

“We wanted Shorter University to have a hand in it,” Wilson said. “Coach Byrd is well-known in the track world. This will serve him well to do what he does best.”

 

Olympic Track Coach Discusses Rekortan Track Surface

Harvey Glance knows track and the surfaces on which the sport runs. A three-time Olympian and coach of the 2012 400m Olympic champion, Harvey sat down recently with Gary Wilson of Advanced Polymer Technology to discuss Rekortan, the track surface “powered by speed.” The resulting video covers issues related to training and racing, and how track surface can make a difference. Backdrop for the discussion is Rekortan’s recent resurfacing of the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field track, home of the Penn Relays. The video is available on YouTube and on APT Sports’ home page www.sportsbyapt.com

Harvey Glance“Today’s athlete needs not only shock absorption, which most people hear about, but also energy return,” said Harvey Glance. “You’ve got to give back to the body. Once your foot goes down, you have to have more energy back into the body which gives you the ability to compete and train at a better rate.”

The Rekortan track at Franklin Field will be used through the spring track season, highlighted by the Penn Relays in April. The Relays attract elite racers from around the world.

For more information about training issues and how the surface matters, follow APT Sports on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin as the spring season approaches. Information about training issues as well as how track surfaces affect athletes will be shared, plus a countdown to the Relays in April.

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as “the fast track”, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortan’s innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

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Picture Perfect

The Mutitjulu Community can now enjoy multi-sports with the stunning view of Ayres Rock in the background.

500m2 of dual coloured Laykold surface has catapulted the extremely weathered bare asphalt tennis court at Uluru into the 21st Century. Thanks to NT Sports & Playground Surfacing, who installed the Mutitjulu Community with their new multi-sports court with line marking and equipment for basketball and tennis.

The original court was initially ground back and 2 coats of Laykold base coat was applied to fill the deep voids and cracks in the old, extremely weathered court. A layer of asphalt transformer was applied, followed by 2 additional coats of Laykold top coat.

Laykold’s hard wearing qualities, bright colours and reduced slip texture make it the perfect choice for the extreme environment of the Northern Territory outback.

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